The Savage Dragon
GenreSuperhero
Based onSavage Dragon
by Erik Larsen
Developed byDean Stefan (seasons 1-2)
Bob Forward (season 2)
Directed byCraig Wilson
Voices ofJim Cummings
Mark Hamill
Michael Dorn
Jennifer Hale
René Auberjonois
Frank Welker
Paul Eiding
Rob Paulsen
Tony Jay
ComposerSean Murray
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesUniversal Cartoon Studios
Lacewood Productions
(Season 1)
Studio B Productions
(Season 2)
P3 Entertainment
USA Studios
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1995 (1995-09-21) –
December 21, 1996 (1996-12-21)

The Savage Dragon is a half-hour American animated television series aired as part of the Cartoon Express on the USA Network.[1] Produced by Universal Cartoon Studios, it ran for 26 episodes from 1995 to 1996 and featured numerous supporting characters from the comic book series, including She-Dragon, Horde, Barbaric, Mako and Overlord.

The Dragon was voiced by Jim Cummings.[2] Additional voices were provided by Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, Jennifer Hale, René Auberjonois, Frank Welker, Paul Eiding, Rob Paulsen and Tony Jay.

Episode 21 of Savage Dragon, "Endgame", served as the second part of a four-part crossover with three other shows in USA's "Action Extreme Team" programming block: Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and Wing Commander Academy.[3]

The series became available on Peacock.

Cast

Main cast

Additional voices

Episodes

Season one (1995)

# Title Written by Summary
1 R.S.V.P. Steve Roberts
Duane Capizzi
Overlord and Arachnis abduct Alex and Frank to kidnap Dragon.
2 Possession Henry Gilroy Lab workers mysteriously develop criminal behavior, and Barbaric is the latest victim. Dragon soon discovers it is the work of a leech-covered creature named Horde.
3 Undercover Steve Roberts Alex goes undercover as a freak to infiltrate the Vicious Circle.
4 Dragonsmasher Ernie Jon Dragon discovers a plot between Overlord and an unscrupulous congressional candidate, and must battle a cyborg called "the Dragonsmasher".
5 Locomotion Steve Cuden Overlord's henchmen take over a train Alex is on, so they can destroy an unfinished tunnel.
6 She-Dragon Henry Gilroy Wannabe crime fighter She-Dragon screws up Dragon's work, but they must team up when Alex is kidnapped.
7 Hurt Richard Stanley Superfreak Bludgeon wants revenge on Dragon for arresting his partner. Meanwhile, Alex falls for a paramedic prejudiced against freaks, putting a wedge in her and Dragon's relationship.
8 Web Steve Roberts Dragon is sent to a southern town to bring prisoners back to Chicago, but must team up with the town's sheriff to stop a rash of disappearances.
9 Hit-Man Steve Cuden Overlord clones Dragon to gain access to a freak mayoral candidate and assassinate him.
10 Red-Handed Richard Stanley Dragon finally sends Overlord to prison, but is shocked when Barbaric breaks him free.
11 Loathing Richard Stanley Dragon tries to stop the Fiend, who feeds off hate and uses humans as hosts.
12 Rampage Shari Goodhartz A trio of freak bikers demand She-Dragon is handed over to them after she damages one of their bikes.
13 Armageddon Henry Gilroy Alex, Dragon, and She-Dragon must stop a resurrected Horde from destroying the ozone layer.

Season two (1996)

# Title Written by Summary
14 Bull Wendy Reardon Mysterious robberies are being committed in high rises, and Deagon must stop them. Meanwhile, Alex falls for freak actor Raging Bull, whose series mimics Dragon's life.
15 She-Fiend Bob Forward The Fiend takes over She-Dragon's body.
16 Homecoming Bruce Shelly
Reed Shelly
After discovering a picture of Dragon as a child, Alex and Dragon try to follow the lead.
17 Loose Cannons Reed Shelly Three freak bikers try to kill Dragon to join the Vicious Circle. Meanwhile, She-Dragon becomes a police officer after saving the mayor.
18 Star Jess Winfield Dragon tries to discover the identity of the mysterious Spider-Man-esque vigilante Star, who he suspects to be an egotistical rock star. Meanwhile, Alex's anti-freak Gun is stolen by Skullface.
19 Barbarism Bob Forward Barbaric's home is destroyed when Dragon battles the freak group Body Function, so Barbaric stays with Dragon.
20 Ceasefire Henry Gilroy Former members of the Vicious Circle have formed a peaceful group, and are meeting with foreign diplomats to discuss the good freaks can do. But is this a plot by Overlord?
21 Endgame Richard Stanley The Fiend uses a glowing orb to become even more powerful. With the help of an inter-dimensional traveler named the Warrior King, Alex and Dragon try to stop Fiend.
22 Negate Steve Cuden A Freak named Negate, who has the ability to remove the powers of other Freaks, surfaces, and is targeted by Overlord, who wants him to join the Vicious Circle.
23 Ball of Fire Richard Stanley When a rash of bombings strikes the city, Dragon and Alex try to stop the bombers before they hit their next target: the annual police ball.
24 Femme Fatale Henry Gilroy Barbaric falls for a Freak woman who may be connected to the Vicious Circle.
25 Bride Steve Cuden Wedding bells ring for Arachnid when Openface and Octopus engineer a bride for the gluttonous monster. But she may be an even worse menace than her groom.
26 Dragonlord Reed Shelly Series finale. In a bizarre twist, Overlord claims that Dragon was the Overlord before him. Is he telling the truth? Or is there more to this bold claim?

Crossover

Episode 21 (“Endgame") is part 2 of a 4-episode crossover with several other shows that aired as part of the US "Action Extreme Team" programming block:

This crossover event featured the Warrior King and the orb but the principal characters of the four series don't meet each other.[4]

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 713–714. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "10 Worst Comic Book Animated Series of All Time". Newsarama. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. ^ "One Fan's Opinion". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  4. ^ "Warrior King: The Forgotten Street Fighter / Mortal Kombat Crossover". Den of Geek. 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2020-06-25.